KUCHING: Residents of Kg Chawan Pendam, a squatter village in Kuching received free medical check-up and screening on Sunday.
The programme was organised by the Bandar Kuching parliamentary service centre in collaboration with All-Party Parliamentary Group Malaysia (APPGM), Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) and The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN).
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said in conjunction with World Breast Cancer Awareness, women villagers were also provided free mammogram and pep smear tests.
“Most of them are daily workers and labourers and are struggling through this tough economic time. Many cannot afford any medical check-up or even have time to go for one.
“That is why they were very appreciative when we brought the mobile team to their kampung so they are not left out and can get some basic medical check-up,” he said in a Facebook post.
Dr Yii said urban poverty was among the issues that needed to be addressed among squatters in the constituency as well as raising greater awareness on better health and hygiene in their environment amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the event, the Bandar Kuching service centre donated more than 2,000 face masks for adults and 1,000 face masks for children which would be distributed to the residents.
“We also helped educate them on proper usage and disposal of the mask. The residents are poor and many struggled to buy masks not just for themselves who needed it for work but also their children that are going to school.
“We are also working on the education of their children by providing free tuition for both primary and secondary school children to help them catch up on their study following the movement control order (MCO).
“Best way to help them out of the cycle of poverty is to give proper education to the children and empower the rest of the community,” he said.